How to certify a document when dealing with property
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When it comes to letting, selling, renting or buying your Birmingham city-centre property, there are a few things we’ll need from you before we can start the process. A certified form of ID is one of those!
Certifying a document is a confirmation that the document provided is a true copy of the original – no changes, no tampering.
Why do I need my documents certified?
It’s the law. The government requires all estate agencies to ensure that all tenants are permitted in the UK and that all clients are who they say they are. The powers that’ be also require agents to guard against money laundering.
Asking you to prove your identity doesn’t mean we suspect you of operating outside of the law, but it enables us to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations and the requirements of third parties, such as the Land Registry and Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Who can certify a document?
Your document must be certified by a professional person or someone well respected in your community (‘of good standing’).
bank or building society official
minister of religion
dentists, doctors, opticians
lawyer, solicitor or notary
teacher or lecturer
police or fire service officer
director/manager/senior HR officer of a VAT registered company